Narcissista is the nom de keyboard of a New York ad exec, RealSelf community member, mom, wife, and self-described “beauty veteran” whose online destination, Narcissista.me, deliciously and incisively examines the intersection of beauty, anti-aging, and loving (and navigating) life.
The Hollywood award season is firmly behind us, and in its wake we’re left with a trail of glitter, spray tans, Spanx and viral speculation over just who’s had what done.
Why do we enjoy rubbernecking at Hollywood plastic surgery so much, especially when it’s obvious or goes wrong? Do we secretly enjoy the celebrity “outing” because it somehow invalidates their good looks and knocks them down just far enough to level the genetic playing field for us mere mortals?
Schadenfreude aside, what’s the point? That pretty people get help now and then and sometimes make mistakes? Let’s flip this conversation around to spotlight what excellent celebrity plastic surgery looks like.
Because when it’s good….it’s really good.
You’ve probably noticed that once an actor evolves from starlet to mega watt status, there’s some sort of…evolution. Most of this is the result of diet and exercise, coupled with a S.W.A.T. of stylists and image consultants from CAA to help them look their best.
But there are other subtleties you can’t put your finger on. There’s speculation that even the most natural beauties have had a little cosmetic medical intervention along the way. Everyone from Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Gwen Stefani, Mila Kunis, Beyoncé, Gisele, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Connolly, Halle Berry, J. Lo, Angelina, Kate Beckinsale, Scarlett Johansson, Rachel McAdams, Christy Brinkley, Sandra Bullock and even Diane Sawyer.
We’ll never really know for sure, will we?
But I’ll bet there’s something we can learn from Hollywood’s playbook on lookin’ good. Maybe it will help us make better “beautification” choices. At the very least we can get perspective, which is important because like it or not, celebrities are our societal beauty barometer.
To begin my quest, I picked the brilliant brain of noted Beverly Hills, board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, *Dr. Brent Moelleken who schooled me on the reality of what it takes to be celebrity gorgeous.
Here’s what I learned…
1. Millimeters separate the beautiful from the merely attractive
In real life, we probably know a lot of people who have had a nose job. There is a stark before and after. But in Hollywood, it’s rare you see that much of a change aside from Jennifer Grey or Ashley Tisdale.
Instead, you see a lot of small procedures done over the long-term, such as nose shavings, hair-line revisions, chin/jaw-line liposuction, chin implants and often upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to open up the eyes.
Even Marilyn Monroe reportedly had a chin implant to help her translate better on film.
“If you look at all the most beautiful people in the world and just look back at their high school pictures, you’ll likely see a kind of average person with a potato on the end of their nose, and thin lips”. says Dr. Moelleken.
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